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Metal News for January 9, 2018

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20 news articles posted on this day.

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Babymetal Guitarist Passes Away Aged 36

Controversial Japanese kawaii metal outfit Babymetal has announced via Twitter that Mikio Fujioka, also known as Little God and Ko-Gami, has died at only 36 years of age. Babymetal's message reads as follows:

"We hope that he is now with his GUITAR MASTER A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him.

"We are the one, Together, We’re the only one, You are the one, Forever, #RIP #THEONE."

Although unconfirmed as of yet, he reportedly fell from an observation deck on December 30th and passed away on January 5th as a result of his injuries. He was an accomplished musician, having graduated from the Musician's Institute in Osaka and released several albums, as well as performing with the likes of MMM and Trick Box.

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Terror Sign European Record Deal w/ Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is delighted to announce that it has closed a record deal with long-running Los Angeles hardcore powerhouse Terror for Europe (Pure Noise Records for the rest of the world). The band is currently working on their 8th studio album, scheduled for a tentative summer 2018 release.

Commented Terror vocalist and main man Scott Vogel: "We are super excited to start a new chapter of Terror in Europe with NB. This is the label we wanted to work with for the future because of their strong presence and awesome roster. Can’t wait to put out a new album in the middle of 2018 with the label and work together on this next project."

Terror will be touring Europe alongside label mates Hatebreed and Madball as part of the renowned EMP Persistence Tour, kicking off next week in Berlin, Germany and finishing up in London on January 28th.

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Sonic Prophecy Debut New Song "Unholy Blood"

American power metallers Sonic Prophecy have revealed their second single "Unholy Blood" off their upcoming third full length "Savage Gods" via Rockshots Records on January 19, 2018.

The band comments:

"This classic heavy metal track is about dealing with the ongoing horrors and human atrocities associated with radicalized religious zealotry around the globe. We really love the soaring chorus on this one! This is a gritty track lyrically and the vocal attack and music reflects this."

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Mike Lepond's Silent Assassins Release New Single

Frontiers Music Srl will release the new album from Mike Lepond's Silent Assassins, "Pawn and Prophecy" on January 26, 2018. Lepond is extremely excited for the release of his band's sophomore effort, which he describes as a "a collection of epic tales told with the power of heavy metal music. The classic head-banging riffs and kick ass vocals will get your horns and fists in the air. It is an album made FOR metalheads, BY metalheads."

Today, the second single from "Pawn and Prophecy" has been made available. Listen to "Hordes of Fire" below:

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Batushka To Kick Off European Pilgrimage Part III

Polish black metal legion Batushka will kick off a nearly three-week long European tour later this week. The European Pilgrimage Part III journey will commence January 10th in Tilburg, Netherlands and march its way through eighteen venues, coming to a close on January 27th in Rijssen, Netherlands. Support will be provided by avant black metallers Schammasch and ritualistic death industrial outfit Trepaneringsritualen. See confirmed dates below.

Check out the tour trailer, courtesy of Chariot Of Black Moth, below.

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Xenosis Premiere "The Projector" From Upcoming CD

New Haven, Connecticut Progressive Death Metal legion Xenosis recently announced their forthcoming 3rd full-length, Devour and Birth. Set for release on January 19th, 2018. Today the group premiere "The Projector", the third single to air from Devour and Birth thus far.

The first early song called "Army Of Darkness" was recently premiered and can be heard HERE. The second single, "Delirium (Death of a God)" can also be heard HERE.

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Withered Bones & Arm's Reach Announce Tour

Melodic-hardcore band Withered Bones have announced their first run of tour dates in 2018. They will be joined by fellow Arizona natives Arm's Reach. You can check out a full list of dates and locations below: More...

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Ex-Sodom Guitarist & Drummer Fired Via WhatsApp

Guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald have released a joint statement regarding their exit from German thrash metal outfit Sodom.

As reported past Friday (January 5) Sodom bassist/vocalist and sole remaining founding member Thomas "Angelripper" Such, announced that he made the decision to part ways with Kost and Freiwald because he wanted to "start all over again with fresh and hungry musicians."

Kost and Freiwald addressed their departure from the band, writing in a Facebook post:

“Tom has already pointed it out in his statement that in fact we have slightly drifted apart from each other. Indeed, our conceptions of respect and workload diverged even further. Also tour offers neglected by Tom disappointed us.

“After its overwhelming reactions, we were totally looking forward to creating a successor to ‘Decision Day’ and have already recorded lots of song ideas. Unfortunately, Tom did not share our enthusiasm; he terminated his cooperation with us via WhatsApp even without listening to any of the new material.

“Of course, it is not easy for us to leave Sodom — the band that have become such a huge part of our lives and that we totally identify with. But, we will not stop doing what we love — together we will found a new band and we will see a way forward.

“Within our hearts, we will remain Sodom even if Tom is not with us any longer.”

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Taphos Premiere New Song "Impending Peril"

Taphos premiere a new song titled "Impending Peril", taken from their upcoming new album "Premonition", which will be out in stores this year via Blood Harvest.

Check out now "Impending Peril" below.

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Horna Share Full-Album Stream Of Brand New EP

Horna share the full-album stream of the band's brand new EP "Kuolleiden Kuu", out in stores now via W.T.C. Productions.

Check out now "Kuolleiden Kuu" in its entirety below.

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Usurpress Premiere New Song

Friday, 23rd of February 2018, will witness the release of "Interregnum", the 4th album and follow up to the ambitious concept suite "The Regal Tribe" (2016), by Swedish self proclaimed "primitive and progressive" death metallers Usurpress. The album will be available via Agonia Records. Listen to the first single "In Books Without Pages" below:

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The Crown Debut New Song "Iron Crown"

The Crown debut a new song entitled "Iron Crown", taken from their upcoming new EP "Cobra Speed Venom", which will be out in stores March 16 via Metal Blade.

Check out now "Iron Crown" below.

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Hooded Menace Premiere New Song

Doom outfit Hooded Menace premiere a new song entitled "Sempiternal Grotesqueries", taken from their forthcoming album "Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed", which will be out in stores January 26, 2018 via Season of Mist.

Check out now "Sempiternal Grotesqueries" below.

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Nergal On Decapitated: "They Couldn’t Hurt A Fly”

This past September Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski urged fans not to jump to conclusions regarding the arrest of fellow Polish death metal band Decapitated. All four members of the group had been arrested and were facing a potential trial on charges of rape and kidnapping. Last week however, all charges were dropped against the band, with the courting concern for the well-being of the alleged victim. Nergal has since spoken publicly on the case again via his Instagram, offering the following:

“4 months ago, Decapitated were accused of kidnap and gang rape – subsequently they were put in a County prison and later into a local jail…and the shit hit the fan! I recall the similar case of my friends from Satyricon/Keep of Kalessin who spent 2 months in a Canadian prison because someone accused them of rape.

It took 2 months of legal bureaucracy and the help of the Norwegian government to get them out. The accuser finally recanted the allegations, claiming it was a mistake. They never received compensation for financial losses or emotional trauma, just a brief apology and a document to prove their innocence (which they must always carry around with them).

Somehow, from the very beginning my intuition told me my friends from Decapitated would be just fine. Now, I’m not claiming to be a prophet but I’m an optimist and a good judge of character, I know these guys and I know they couldn’t/wouldn’t hurt a fly. They are now released and have had charges dropped (without prejudice).

It’s obviously a big relief to their families and friends, including myself. So…what’s next for their career after such severe defamation? What about their good name? What about their families? I hope they get their justice and strike back soon!!! And Justice For All? Well…not quite. But getting innocent people back home…HELL YES!

Last thing, friends – stay rational and reasonable and think carefully before you speak… and caste a stone at innocent people.
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Full Lineup For ‘Northwest Terror Fest’ Announced

The full lineup and daily stage times have been announced for the 2018 ‘Northwest Terror Fest‘. The festival will be held across Neumo’s, Barboza and the Highline in Seattle, WA from May 31st to June 02nd.

Thursday – May 31st:

10:10 – END – Panopticon
08:50 – 09:30 – SubRosa
07:35 – 08:10 – False
06:30 – 07:00 – Pillorian
05:30 – 06:00 – Dreadnought

09:30 – 10:10 – Witch Mountain
08:10 – 08:50 – Woman Is The Earth
07:00 – 07:35 – Fall Of Rauros
06:00 – 06:30 – Ragana
05:00 – 05:30 – Eye of Nix

Thursday after party:

12:30 – END – Danava
11:30 – 12:10 – Czar

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14 Year Old Girl Covers Asking Alexandria

14 year old girl named Lúcia Muniz sang Asking Alexandria‘s “Moving On” on the Brazilian version of the reality TV casting show "The Voice Kids". Her rendition won over Asking Alexandria‘s very own guitarist Ben Bruce, who tweeted the following regarding the footage:

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Overkill Australian Tour Announced

Overkill will be out touring Australia this February and March. The band have the following dates booked:

02/28 Adelaide, AUS – Fowlers Live
03/01 Brisbane, AUS – The Zoo
03/02 Melbourne, AUS – 170 Russell
03/03 Sydney, AUS – The Factory Theatre
03/04 Perth, AUS – Rosemount Hotel

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Black Label Society Debut New Song

Black Label Society premiere a new track titled “Trampled Down Below“. The song is taken from the band's new album, “Grimmest Hits“, which eOne will have out on January 19th.

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Drummer Chris Hornbrook Parts Ways w/ Senses Fail

Drummer Chris Hornbrook (also Poison The Well) has parted ways with Senses Fail. He comments of that:

“So after close to three and a half years of working with Senses Fail my time has came to move on with the next chapter in my life. I’m very grateful for the time spent with band and crew traveling the world and playing music. I’ve gain a lot of insight touring with SF that I’ve realized recently reflecting back is pretty paramount. Anyway, I want to thank Buddy and company for everything and wish them the best of luck with finding a new drummer. I’m sure whomever they get will kick ass. ??” More...

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Chelsea Grin Tease Some New Material

Chelsea Grin's frontman Alex Koehler teases some new material by sharing the below clips of what the band have in the works:


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